Coeur d’Alene, Idaho (January 7, 2016) – The Idaho Panhandle Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will be accepting project proposals for review and consideration for funding for Fiscal Year 2016. Approximately $1,000,000 is available for allocation to projects. The deadline for submitting proposals is February 5, 2016.
“The RAC will be very busy over the next few months determining which projects they are going to fund in 2016,” said Idaho Panhandle National Forest Supervisor Mary Farnsworth. “Participating on the RAC provides opportunities for local county residents to have a meaningful role in determining how federal funds are spent on public lands.” The RAC is currently scheduled to review and approve proposals on February 19, 2016. The funds are available through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act, which was reauthorized by Congress for two years in 2015. The RAC was unable to meet in 2015.
RAC-funded projects must be located on National Forest System Lands in Shoshone, Kootenai, Benewah, Boundary or Bonner counties, or on nearby lands if the project will benefit resources on the National Forests. Projects can be completed by Forest Service personnel, through partnership agreements, or by open-bid contracting with individuals and corporations. The RAC works closely with the Forest Service to recommend projects that will benefit forest health, fish, wildlife, soils, watersheds and other resources; maintains roads, trails and other infrastructure; or control noxious weeds.
The Idaho Panhandle RAC covers the Idaho Panhandle National Forests within the State of
Idaho, excluding the small portion of the national forest within Latah County.
Applications for RAC proposals can be obtained at http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/ipnf/workingtogether/advisorycommittees, or from the RAC Coordinator Shoshana Cooper via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Potential project sponsors should contact local Forest Service offices to obtain information that may be needed for a proposal, including a Forest Service contact, and to ensure proper agreements and paperwork are completed that will enable the project sponsor to obtain funding if approved by the RAC. Selected project sponsors should be prepared to make a short presentation to the Idaho Panhandle RAC on February 19 if asked.
The Idaho Panhandle RAC meeting will be held at 9:00 am on Friday, February 19, 2016 at the Idaho Panhandle National Forest Headquarters located at 3815 Schreiber Way, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83815. Meetings are always open to the public.
Completed applications must be received in hardcopy form on or before the February 5, 2016 deadline. Mail completed proposal applications to Shoshana Cooper, Idaho Panhandle National Forests, 3815 Schreiber Way, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83815.